PAC eNews
Apr. 10, 2014

PAC to visit Atlantic Canada
Representatives of the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) will be visiting Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador Chapters this Spring. On May 28, 2014, the PAC Executive along with the Paramedic Association of Prince Edward Island (PAPEI) will be conducting a Town Hall style meeting for all Paramedics in Charlettown. This will be an opportunity for members to hear, first hand, the work that is being done at the National level. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions and to share their thoughts on the various initiatives.More

Paramedics: Manitoba's bad roads making it hard for them to do their job
Winnipeg Free Press
Paramedics in Manitoba say the province's crumbling roads are hurting patients. Eric Glass, with the Paramedic Association of Manitoba, says not a day goes by when he doesn't hear his colleagues complain about the poor state of the province's roads. Glass says the bumps and gaping potholes make it hard for emergency crews to perform medical procedures while an ambulance is en route to a hospital.More

Golf club-wielding man attacks Ottawa ambulance
CBC News
Ottawa police are investigating after someone smashed an ambulance windshield with a golf club recently. The incident happened in the afternoon in the Central Park area near Merivale And Baseline Roads. Paramedics were in the ambulance but were not injured. One witness said it appeared to be a case of road rage.More

BCEHS takes issue with some claims about ambulance wait times
News 1130
The provincial agency responsible for the B.C. Ambulance Service is taking issue with some claims from Vancouver's fire chief about wait times for paramedics in our province. In this follow-up, B.C. Emergency Health Services says cases where patients are waiting for up to an hour are very few and far between.More

Rise in red alerts prompts rally of first responders
CBC News
Firefighters joined paramedics for a rally in St. John's recently, in response to a recent increase in red alerts. Red alerts are cases in which ambulances aren't available to attend an emergency. Firefighters say this is happening because Eastern Health is short-staffed. Doug Cadigan, president of the firefighter's union, says that's a safety concern for the public and emergency responders.More

Pre-hospital use of cervical collars in trauma patients: A critical review
Journal of Neurotrauma
The cervical collar has been routinely used for trauma patients for more than 30 years and is a hallmark of state-of-the-art pre-hospital trauma care. However, the existing evidence for this practice is limited: Randomized, controlled trials are largely missing, and there are uncertain effects on mortality, neurological injury, and spinal stability. More

Evidence-based practice: Study designs
Pre-hospital Research
There are several different study designs that can be used when assessing patients, diseases, and medicines. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of randomized controlled trials, crossover designs, cohort studies, case-control studies, and cross-sectional surveys.More

Niagara Paramedics capture first place at National Skills Competition
Niagara Emergency Medical Services (EMS) took first place in the advanced paramedic division at the national skills competition recently. The winning team members include advanced care paramedics Brock Browett and Jonathan Dyck. In addition, Emma Santon and Megan Daza took home second place out of 10 teams in the primary care division.More

The future of health care in Canada
On March 27, 2014, the Paramedic Association of Canada presented to the Liberal Party of Canada sponsored round table discussion on the future of health care in Canada. The discussion was lead by Liberal Leader Mr. Justin Trudeau, M.P., Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry, P.C., M.P., Federal Liberal Health Critic. Pierre Poirier, Executive Director for PAC, participated in this discussion along with representatives for several other health disciplines, including physicians, pharmacists, public health and nursing. More

Helicopter ambulance service faces criticism not seen elsewhere
CTV News
The helicopter ambulance service known as STARS has been lauded in Alberta for decades as an essential life-saver, but has been criticized and even grounded in Manitoba over patient care concerns. The reasons for the difference are far from clear as the non-profit agency is providing the same service in all three Prairie provinces. "The helicopter, the staff, the training, the protocol are all identical," said STARS spokesman Colin Fast. More

Durham paramdedics get to most life-threatening calls within 8 minutes
Northumberland News
Durham paramedics got to life-threatening calls within eight minutes, 77 per cent of the time in 2013. Durham Emergency Medical Services Chief Richard Armstrong says that figure exceeds the 75 per cent target set for last year, an achievement he calls "very positive."
 Mr. Armstrong went over the 2013 stats for regional council's health and social services committee at the beginning of the month. More

Half of fire response in Abbotsford involves medical issues
B.C. Local News
Of all the incidents that Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (AFRS) responded to in 2013, nearly half were related to medical issues. AFRS released its annual report to council last month, showing that 48 per cent of calls involved health and medical problems. About five per cent of the department's response were to fires with property loss.More

Paramedic arrested in connection with hidden camera allegations
Global News
A B.C. paramedic is facing some serious allegations in a voyeurism investigation involving female employees. The man was arrested at the 100 Mile House ambulance station. There are unconfirmed reports that a paramedic hid a camera in the women's washroom at the ambulance station and was arrested while looking at pictures from the camera on his computer, presumably photos of his colleagues.More

U.S paramedics lobby in favour of Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost Effectiveness Improvements Act
Library of Congress
The Field EMS Quality, Innovation, and Cost Effectiveness Improvements Act of 2013 designates the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as the primary federal agency for emergency medical services (EMS) and trauma care. It also establishes the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma within HHS and gives the Office responsibilities related to emergency medical services and authorizes the Secretary of HHS to delegate additional responsibilities related to EMS.More